She was born on November 9, 1930 near Cabool, the daughter of Fred and Nellie (Davis) Smith.
Edna was united in marriage to Bernie Strong on September 7, 1948 and to this union five children were born, Helen, Sandra, Dallas, Michael and Steven. They were married for 36 years until his passing.
Edna was a stay-at-home mom until her kids were grown. She then went to work as a cook at Kabul Nursing Home for the next 23 years until retirement. Her family and especially her grandchildren were the light of her life. She was a dedicated member of Maness Memorial Baptist Church for many years.
Edna was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bernie; her daughters, Helen Sears and Sandra Wake; her sons, Michael and Steven Strong; three grandchildren, Dusty, Roger and Stacy; a great-grandson, Alex; and three sisters.
She is survived by her son, Dallas Strong and wife Karen; 15 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren; six sisters and one brother; as well as numerous other relatives and friends. She will be dearly missed by those who knew and loved her.
Services were held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, November 25, 2017, at Maness Memorial Baptist Church in Cabool with Terry Brown officiating. Pallbearers were Brad Sears, Keith Wake, Justin Strong, Michael Shane Strong, Austin Sears and Trenton Sears. Honorary pallbearers were Jim Wake and Jim Sears. Interment was in Cabool Cemetery under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool. Online condolences may be made at www.egcfuneralhome.com.